Imphal: Minister Thongam Biswajit Singh interacted with youth of Chadong New Site Village, Muirei, Mayophung and Ngarumphung villages at Ngarumphung village, Kamjong district.
The local youth raised several issues concerning areas including unemployment of educated youth, tourism potential of the region, lack of sporting facilities, among others. They expressed gratitude to the Mmnister for the interaction.
Hard work is the only means to fulfill our goals, Biswajit said. He encouraged the youth to become entrepreneurs and lauded those who are enterprising.
He said entrepreneurs not only enhance their own household economy, but also help in creating jobs and generate employment in the society.
For handloom and handicraft, any youth seeking to receive benefits from schemes require completion of training, he added.
The government is encouraging all weavers, handloom and handicraft artisans, he said.
Under the Handloom and Handicraft Delivery System, anyone can receive raw material at subsidies rates at their doorsteps after registering, he added.
Assuring support and help to the youth in any enterprising activity, the minister said Manipur Food Industries Corporation Limited could help in providing a market for their products.
“Sports are ingrained in our blood and we should promote the sporting culture,” he said and added that the government is always ready to support them.
Education is the backbone of society and much needed to bring sustainable development in our society. Today sports is also a part of education, he added.
Asserting that the present government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid special focus on the youth, he continued that the youth can play a significant role in the society.
Further encouraging the youth to support the call for ‘Vocal for Local’, Biswajit said, “The more we buy from outside, the more we will exhaust our money, and that the more we export our own products, the more we will bring in money to our economy.”
The minister shared his views on gender equality and women empowerment with the youth. He also explained at length various developmental schemes including the Manipur Start-up Scheme, Labour Card, Manipur State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY), etc.
Biswajit Singh laid the foundation stone for Indigenous Park, Indigenous Garden and Homestay at Ngarumphung village.